Monthly Archives: April 2010

Washington Shield Law for Journalists?

Washington is not one of the states that has a shield law in its statutes (i.e., in the Revised Code of Washington or the RCW’s). However, the Washington constitution provides some protection for journalists. In particular, Article I, Section 5, titled Freedom of Speech, states in relevant part that “[e]very person may freely speak, write […]

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Myriad Genetics Loses at Partial Summary Judgment Against Patent Claims to BRCA1 Genes

On March 29, 2010, the Southern District of New York ruled in favor of the plaintiffs (Association of Molecular Pathology) and granted partial summary judgment ruling that claims of several patents on BRCA1 (U.S. Patent  Nos. 5,747,282; 5,837,492; 5,693,473; 5,709,999; 5,710,001; 5,753,441; and 6,033,857) were invalid. The BRCA1 are genes linked to an increased risk […]

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Patent Maintenance Fees

The public is often unaware that even after a patent application issues as a patent, there are some hidden costs involved in the life of a patent. Particularly, there are patent maintenance fees which must be paid to the US Patent & Trademark Office to keep a patent in effect. According to the USPTO annual […]

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Patent System Failing to Provide Incentives?

As much as I enjoy being involved with our U.S. patent law and patent system, especially as they are supposed incentives to innovation, there are arguments for abolishing or substantially changing parts or all of the U.S. patent system. On March 4, 2008, Jim Bessen presented a summary of his book titled “Patent Failure” at […]

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